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Austin Davis: Three Poems

Selected by Mish Murphy, Assistant Poetry Editor

Lotus & Insomnia

i don’t remember
the last time i slept through the night

i’m so exhausted my bones
feel like soldiers who shot
themselves in war & were
sent home to their families

when it’s late i walk & do drugs
& end up somewhere new

tonight i’m at a park in a
sleepy neighborhood & i
miss my mom & i hate
myself
i puke all over a dead bush

i could wipe it up
with the greasy mcdonald’s napkins
in my back pocket
but i don’t

the sky is clear, the moon
a purple brown

i’m not sure what that means
but if i’ve learned 1 thing in this life

anything can feel like a metaphor
if you’re scared enough

*

Lotus & the Meteors

I.

meteors are
falling

but i don’t
think
meteors

are really
falling

II.

fish swim through
the sky

white bones, licked
clean,
drop slow

like clouds
that’ve seen some
real shit & have
hardened over
time

III.

our home has vanished
from the neighborhood

all that’s left is
a brick patio
with lawn chairs

a few cigarette
butts beside
ashes

IV.

there’s probably
a little moss
green house

with teddy bear drapes pulled
across the windows
posted up on Mars

the tv is still on the
dog is peeing
all over the carpet

& i’m sorry baby but
i left the stove on on
purpose

*

The World Will End Tonight

the weatherman says, when the
flower heads twist down at a
quarter past six.

Remember that summer of hot breath,
open windows, and making love to
the sound of bicycles passing by?

Kiss me soft as the clouds peel away from
the sun like dark yellow apple skins.

Let me hold you, run my hands
through your hair, these last few
minutes.

*

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